Mayor Meg Kelly appointed a ten member charter review commission at the March 6 city council meeting. The commission will be chaired by City Attorney Vincent DeLeonardis.
Members include: Deputy Commissioner of Finance Michael Sharp, Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety John Daley, Deputy Mayor Lisa Shields, Deputy Commissioner of Accounts Marie Masterson, Deputy Commissioner of Public Works Joseph O’Neill, Commissioner of Accounts John Franck, Commissioner of Public Safety Peter Martin, Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan and Commissioner of Public Works Anthony “Skip” Scirocco.
The mayor set out their mission “…To find efficiencies and organizational improvements to better serve the people of Saratoga Springs.”
Mayor Kelly indicated she anticipated the revisions would be submitted to the public as a referendum in November’s election.
The mayor was sharply criticized by nine of the speakers during the public comment period.
John Franck defended the mayor, asserting “What the mayor is doing is courageous and I believe it is the right thing to do.”
Commissioner Skip Scirocco similarly defended Mayor Kelly. “It took a lot of guts to put it on there and I am sure she took a lot of hits for it, but that’s part of being in politics.”
In a prepared statement Commissioner Michele Madigan wrote:
“Mayor Kelly showed tremendous leadership in allowing for another Mayoral Charter Commission, this time with a *charge and scope* to review and update our current City Charter which operates under the Commission form of government. The charge also states that this is to be placed on the ballot / referendum this November 2018. It’s been 17 years since it’s last successful update, and this Charter needs a through review and update. We cannot afford to wait any longer for this review. Mayor Kelly campaigned on supporting the last Mayoral Charter Commission in which they proposed a change to a city manager form of government. She also stated very clearly that if that initiative failed (and it did fail – make no mistake) that she would lead an effort to update our current charter. She is fulfilling this promise to the people and the Council and has the lead the way forward with her charge and Commission.”
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Apparently the public in comment period turned into quite a scrum. I may post video highlights when I return.